The bridge section in Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin is maybe the most mis-played section in classic rock history. Through the evidence displayed on YouTube’s myriad covers of Jimmy Page’s masterpiece, to my anecdotal experiences, I can confidently say that this rhythm has confused many a musician. I can remember trying to teach it as a beginning instructor… it was not pretty.
In this video, we explore the difference between a downbeat and an upbeat, and how we sometimes can get confused between the two of them. Then we see how shifting our downbeat in Stairway results in the entire bridge section being played in 4/4.
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